As if failing to sign three 2014 draft picks, including the No. 1 overall selection, wasn’t bad enough, things could still get worse for the Houston Astros.
According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports on Twitter, the team could still face a scenario in which they would lose their next two first-round draft picks.
That is, if fifth-round pick Jacob Nix files and wins a grievance that would force the Astros to honor their original $1.5 million agreement, putting them 17 percent over their 2014 draft bonus pool.
It’s unclear whether they’d lose their first round picks in 2015 and 2016, or their 2015 first round pick plus the second overall pick in 2015, which they were given as compensation for failing to sign Brady Aiken before Friday’s 4 p.m. deadline.
Either way, being without some combination of two picks over three years, plus losing Aiken, plus the struggles of their first overall pick from last year, Mark Appel, would be utter disaster for GM Jeff Luhnow.
All over $1.5 million, reportedly.
Aiken and the Astros reached an agreement for $6.5 million last month. But Houston backed out after team doctors found an abnormality in Aiken’s pitching elbow.
Three offers were made to Aiken’s family advisor, Casey Close on Friday.
One, made with five minutes left before the deadline, was reportedly for $5 million.